Do you feel your life is running “in haste”? Learn how Mary models the way to direct the busyness of our lives and find balance. Watch the video below from Dr. Edward Sri, author of Walking with Mary.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan brought down the house on September 3rd. No, not at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but on the “Colbert Report,” where the good Cardinal traded jabs with host Stephen Colbert, and discussed his bestselling e-book original, Praying in Rome. Cardinal Dolan joked that his mother and Colbert are the only people who have read his engaging and often funny reflection of his experiences during the last papal election, but in actuality, his e-book has received enormous praise for its honesty, humor and wisdom. Michael J. Miller, of Catholic World Report, said this about Praying in Rome:
“Cardinal Dolan’s e-book contains quite a bit of humor, some of it jokey (ribbing the boyish-looking Cardinal from the Philippines), much of it wise. (Will the beloved “Pope of Change” modify Church teaching about morality? “Fughetabboutit!”). While taking his oath of confidentiality quite seriously, the author still manages to humanize the hallowed procedures of a papal conclave. He disarms the commentators who try to pit Pope Francis against his predecessor by demonstrating that every pope has his signature style. In short, he retrieves the events of Lent 2013 in the Year of Faith from the opinion pages and the blogosphere and brings them back into the life of the Church.”
While Cardinal Dolan’s signature good humor is abundant throughout the book, his focus truly is on the very serious responsibility the Cardinals faced in electing the next Vicar of Christ. During his conversation with Colbert, Cardinal Dolan said, “I tell you, the first thing we do [in the Conclave] is pray, and we pray hard because do we ever need help!” This attitude of prayer and seeking the Holy Spirit was the driving force behind his time in Rome, and is the foundation upon which he chronicles his experiences.
Praying in Rome is available now, wherever e-books are sold!
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Bestselling author Scott Hahn sheds new light on the Mass, offering readers a deeper appreciation of the most familiar of Catholic rituals.
Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays fail to see the powerful supernatural drama that enfolds them. Pope John Paul II described the Mass as “Heaven on Earth,” explaining that what “we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy.”
The Lamb’s Supper reveals a long-lost secret of the Church: The early Christians’ key to understanding the mysteries of the Mass was the New Testament Book of Revelation. With its bizarre imagery, its mystic visions of heaven, and its end-of-time prophecies, Revelation mirrors the sacrifice and celebration of the Eucharist.
Beautifully written, in clear direct language, bestselling Catholic author Scott Hahn’s new book will help readers see the Mass with new eyes, pray the liturgy with a renewed heart, and enter into the Mass more fully, enthusiastically, intelligently, and powerfully than ever before.
Mary appears only a few times in the Bible, but those few passages come at crucial moments. Catholics believe that Mary is the ever-virgin Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. But she also was a human being–a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and uncertainties and endured her share of suffering. Even with her unique graces and vocation, Mary remains a woman we can relate to and from whom we have much to learn.
In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri looks at the crucial passages in the Bible concerning Mary and offers insight about the Blessed Mother’s faith and devotion that we can apply in our daily lives. We follow her, step by step, through the New Testament account of her life, reflecting on what the Scriptures tell us about how she responded to the dramatic events unfolding around her.
“This book is the fruit of my personal journey of studying Mary through the Scriptures, from her initial calling in Nazareth to her painful experience at the cross,” writes Edward Sri. “It is intended to be a highly readable, accessible work that draws on wisdom from the Catholic tradition, recent popes, and biblical scholars of a variety of perspectives and traditions. With the riches of these insights, we will ponder what her journey of faith may have been like in order to draw out spiritual lessons for our own walk with God.” He adds, “It is my hope, therefore, that whether you are of a Catholic, Protestant, or other faith background, this book may help you to know, understand, and love Mary more, and that it may inspire you to walk in her footsteps as a faithful disciple of the Lord in your own pilgrimage of faith.”
With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information previously suppressed, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial events in twentieth-century Catholicism—the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima.
During World War I, three Portuguese children received a vision in which Mary, the Mother of Jesus, foretold great global turmoil. The first part of their vision—warnings about World War II, communism, and the spread of atheism—were widely publicized, but Vatican officials were hesitant to reveal the vision’s concluding images, thus creating the “secret” of Fatima. Speculation about this secret gripped many Catholics, and the aura of intrigue surrounding Fatima grew when the Church hierarchy barred the last surviving visionary from speaking publicly.
In The Last Secret of Fatima, Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican equivalent of prime minister and a top advisor to Pope Benedict, breaks the Vatican’s official silence on the last secret. Rather than Armageddon, he claims, the final prophecy envisaged the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. Bertone argues the apparition at Fatima was a call to renewal for the Church, and he was assigned the task of promulgating this message by the Pope